Anglia Ruskin lecturer highly commended in national music theatre award

Published: 12 November 2014 at 08:54

Rebecca Warner

Rebecca Warner to present work at West End's St James Theatre

Anglia Ruskin lecturer in Performing Arts Rebecca Warner has been awarded a Highly Commended award in the prestigious S&S Award for new musical theatre writing.

A 20-minute excerpt of Rebecca's musical Jabberwocky, co-written with Susannah Pearse, will be presented at St James Theatre by a cast of West End actors as part of the S&S Award Gala at 5.30pm on 23 November 2014, alongside the winning entry and another Highly Commended work.

The S&S Award was created in memory of Sidney and Sylvia Brown, the parents of the lyricist and librettist Warner Brown, with the aim of discovering and promoting new writers in British musical theatre. It is awarded to the best unproduced musical of the year, as judged by a panel of distinguished producers, actors, directors and musicians. Previous galas included Michael Ball, Don Black, Janie Dee, amongst others, under the direction of Simon Greiff and the musical direction of Richard Bates.

Rebecca, who teaches on the BA (Hons) Performing Arts degree at Anglia Ruskin, is a professional composer working under her maiden name of Rebecca Applin. She writes across musical theatre, film and media, radio and the screen. She regularly collaborates with writer Susannah Pearse, with whom she created the musical Sex and the Village, currently being licensed by Perfect Pitch Musicals.

Alongside two co-writers, Rebecca has recently been awarded a commission from the George Bernard Shaw estate to adapt The Devil's Disciple into a musical theatre piece. She regularly composes for Youth Music Theatre, and has also worked on two BAFTA nominated television programmes. Her research is concerned with developing methods for analysing and creating meaning in musical theatre.